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Sanitation tours demonstrate successful sanitation in South Asia
By Rajarshi Banerjee and Jyothsna Dindigala. Posted February 3, 2023
Safe sanitation for all is essential for improving public health, providing a clean environment, and breaking cycles of disease.
The “invisible” water crisis: Groundwater sustainability in Asia and the Pacific
By Shujie Liang. Posted November 28, 2022
Groundwater overexploitation has raised concerns about resource sustainability and environmental degradation.
How to meet Asia’s post-COVID-19 water and sanitation investment needs
By Santi Setiawati and KE Seetha Ram. Posted June 17, 2022
Governments in developing Asia should adopt practical interventions to maximize the effectiveness of new and existing sources of funding for water and sanitation.
How can the private sector help solve the sanitation challenge?
By Shuki Koga, Ma. Laarni Revilla and KE Seetha Ram. Posted August 20, 2021
The private sector can play a vital role in solving the sanitation challenge. The following four aspects highlight the importance of private sector participation in sanitation in developing countries, including in Asia.
Climate change impacts in Asia are all essentially a water story
By Kaittisak Kumse, Tetsushi Sonobe and Dil Rahut. Posted May 14, 2021
Global climate change caused by human activities will continue to be catastrophic for humanity. In particular, climate change is having serious impacts on the world’s water systems (United Nations 2020), and changes in these systems can have an enormous impact on people’s lives. This is because water plays a critical role in the very existence of all forms of life on earth as the foundation of human well-being and prosperity (Asian Development Bank 2020) and a source of life and livelihoods.
Top journal articles on sanitation reveal new policy insights
By Fangqi Qu, Ma. Laarni Revilla and KE Seetha Ram. Posted May 7, 2021
An examination of the published journal articles on development economics reveals a striking pattern—very few are devoted to the analysis of sanitation interventions and development. In a recent systematic review of all sanitation-related articles from the top-12 highest-ranking journals on development economics (Revilla et al. 2021), we attempt to understand the linkages between sanitation and development based on current qualitative and quantitative empirical work.
Making citywide inclusive sanitation a reality through capacity development
By Abishek Narayan, Christoph Luthi, Ma. Laarni Revilla, Deepanshu Agarwal and KE Seetha Ram. Posted January 18, 2021
Over a billion people across Asia and the Pacific still lack access to basic sanitation services (JMP 2019). Most low- and middle-income countries in Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia still do not have safely managed sanitation services. Further, only a fifth of the countries practicing open defecation are on track to eliminate this practice around the world. Clearly, business as usual in the sanitation sector has not solved this challenge in the last several decades.
Does sanitation access improve schooling outcomes for girls and boys?
By Ma. Laarni Revilla and KE Seetha Ram. Posted December 10, 2020
All the sanitation improvement projects and investments over the years beg the question of whether we have seen a significant increase in school enrollment and gender parity in education or not. While most empirical studies on sanitation focus on the relationship between sanitation and health, recent studies have now looked into the downstream impacts of sanitation on other development indicators, such as those related with education and gender.
COVID-19 reminds us to prioritize “water supply, sanitation, and hygiene” (WASH) to reduce child mortality
By Shreeram Thakur and KE Seetha Ram. Posted October 14, 2020
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has registered 959,116 deaths worldwide as of 21 September 2020. While the number is alarming, it is still not large compared with the 5.2 million children who died due to various causes in 2019, according to UNICEF. COVID-19 reminds us how much child mortality continues to be a significant challenge for global health and the global economy. In addition to the loss of human lives, the economic consequences are also significant.
Do the socioeconomic spillovers from sewage treatment plants in developing countries justify heavy investment in them?
By Monika Sogani and Anil Dutt Vyas. Posted July 5, 2019
Decent sanitation for all is crucial for rapidly urbanizing developing countries, such as India. As large volumes of wastewater in developing countries remain untreated, the investments in treatment facilities have not kept pace with the steady increases in population and urbanization and the resulting increases in wastewater volumes.
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